Covid Update, July 2021

As you’re probably already aware, the rules and laws around the pandemic are changing significantly in July.

First, whilst masks and social distancing are no longer legally required, they are still very much recommended. We are recommending those measures to our staff and volunteers and we are also recommending them to our customers – until seated. So if you’re moving around the inside of the building, waiting in the queue or engaging with staff at the till we (and they) would very much appreciate it if you could follow those requests where you’re able.

Secondly, table booking is not essential. We are back to our normal complement of seats inside and there’s lots of outdoor seating both on the patio and around the cliffs, tunnel entrance and surrounds.

Finally, there are no restrictions on group sizes either indoors or out.

And before we go, there’s one last bit of good news. The ever popular Fort Amherst Tunnel Tours are back on and can be booked online via: https://fortamherst.digitickets.co.uk/tickets

So here’s looking to a good summer!

Evening Events

From 17th May groups of 30 people will be permitted to gather outside and as a venue with plenty of outside space, free parking and toilets that is able to provide event food and has an alcohol licence, The Pantry will be available for evening hire once again from that date.

So if you’ve got a community group, friends group, large family or a team of workmates (but no more than 30 of them!), we would love to host your event. Menu and drinks choices can be tailored for your party and you’d have exclusive use of the venue for the evening.

Get in touch either through Facebook via @pantrychatham email to thepantrychatham@mail.com or telephone at 07752255429

Takeaway Offers

As well as being able to sell most of our original menu in takeaway form, we’ve also added to the range of offers available in an attempt to give people an Eat Out experience in their own homes.

We are continuing to sell our popular Afternoon Tea boxes but have added a special Valentine’s Day Share Box and a Movie Night Share Box, which will happily feed more than one person and include a range of tasty treats mostly made fresh in our own kitchen (we’ve had to do a lot of taste tests, which as you can imagine has been a real chore…).

If you would like any more information or would like to book your box today then please contact us either by email to thepantrychatham@mail.com or via Facebook @pantrychatham

Covid-19 Update, November 2020

Following the recent change in Government advice and the start of a new national lockdown from November 5th 2020. There are a few changes coming, so here they are.

From Monday 2nd November to Wednesday 4th November we will be open from 9am to 3pm with our normal menu, you’ll be able to sit down to eat. Things will be fairly normal.

From Thursday the 5th of November, things get a bit odd (again). We will open from 9:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday as a takeaway only. Please note that we will be closed during the weekends until further notice.

There is some good news though.

  1. We’re still open. Just open differently.
  2. We’re still able to offer takeaway afternoon teas (including the Festive afternoon tea) and cream teas.
  3. You’ve got three days this week (at the time of posting) to pop in and get items from the normal menu, sit down with up to 5 other people and make the most of the time before lockdown starts.

While we have tried our best to update everything we can, Our website, Facebook, Trip Advisor pages, some of them do take some time to catch up and some of the information out there might be contradictory for a couple of days. The details above are correct and will be correct until we post an update on this website (and then go through the process of changing everything, everywhere else all over again) – so click the follow button to get up to date information straight away.

Face Coverings

Following changes in the guidance from the U.K. Government this evening, face coverings will be mandatory for all customers inside the premises who are not eating and drinking from Friday 24th July.

We know it’s not ideal. We know it’s short notice. We know some of you may be unprepared, so tomorrow we’ll have a small stock of masks to help people out, but as you can imagine we can’t enter into the free face mask business in the long term.

Thank you for your continued support. So far everyone has been wonderfully understanding given the circumstances.

Sponsored Cycle

Some of The Pantry’s Team (and friends) are cycling 118km (73 miles) on Sunday 28th June raising money for The Medway League of Friends. They are an important local charity who, under normal circumstances, would donate several hundred thousand pounds worth of equipment to local NHS services. Everything from furniture to fully equipped organ transport cars. As you can imagine though, circumstances are far from normal at present, so we’ve decided to help in their fundraising.

The trip will be from Chatham’s Historic Dockyard to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich (and back). At present there’ll be four people taking part and hopefully the weather won’t be too hot!

You can sponsor the ride here and there’s no such thing as a stingy donation.

World Art Day exhibition and sale. A Celebration of Creation.

On the 15th April, World Art Day, we’ll be welcoming local artist Rehana Khan and a collection of her work to The Pantry for exhibition and sale.

Rehana has lived in Medway for 35 years and art has always been a part of her life, particularly when she became unwell her health & well-being was improved though her art.

The exhibition, A Celebration of Creation, features artwork organised into two categories: Diverse Abstract Art and Arabic Art.

The materials used vary from recycled materials, coloured pens, crayons, paints, and sequins. Rehana said, “I am inspired on a daily basis by my environment, whether it is my home life, the outdoors or family festivities. Art is a celebration of life and has been therapeutic, enabling me to find the inner peace I have been searching for.”

Rehana’s exhibition and art sale will be held at The Pantry, Fort Amherst, Chatham on Wednesday 15th April, World Art Day. All proceeds raised will be split between The Medway League of Friends and charitable work in Pakistan.

Mother’s Day 2020

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day with an Afternoon Tea and flowers at The Pantry.

For only £20 per person you can enjoy a selection of sandwiches, savoury snacks and sweet treats with unlimited tea or coffee on Sunday 22nd March. Book before Thursday 19th March and we’ll even throw in a complimentary bunch of flowers.

Please call 07752255429 to book your table now.

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are available, but please mention this at the time of booking.

Nintendo Switch Meet Sunday 9th Feb 2020

We’re happy to be hosting our first Nintendo Switch Meet on Sunday 9th February 2020 between 10:30am and 2:30pm. The nature of the Switch (and of its gamers), quirky, social and vibrant, makes it the ideal device and community for a more connected gaming experience.

The event will be open to all ages and all we ask is that people are respectful, considerate and courteous to other visitors. It should be a fun experience above all.

If the event is a success we will schedule additional meets throughout the year, so please support it if you can.

Cycling (Cyclist) Friendly

Cycling seems to be one of those inexplicably divisive issues that everyone has a strong opinion on one way or another.

Here’s our twopenneth.

Should cyclists jump red lights? No. Do they have to use cycle lanes? No. Should they pay road tax? Nope – but then again neither do you. Should they ride two abreast? Well they’re allowed to, but common sense should prevail as to whether or not it’s sensible…

Whether you believe in climate change or not, less cars on the road can only be a good thing – especially if you have no choice but to use one. A healthier population can only be a good thing. And let’s be honest, as far as hobbies go it’s not exactly terribly rebellious is it?

But the much maligned MAMIL is still a bit of a target. So we’d like them to know that there’s a new ‘safe space’ in the Medway Towns.

We’ve just installed a bike rack (right in front of the windows so you can keep an eye on your pride and joy) and we’ll happily fill your bidon. You can wear your clipless shoes inside (although please be careful not to slip over with all the grace of Bambi on ice) and we promise not to poke fun at accidental chainring tattoos or improper sock height.

We even do a good cup of coffee and hearty slices of cake.

There’s good access for both road and off-road cyclists (whether they be of the MTB or Gravel Bike varieties) via either Dock Road or the paths through Fort Amherst that lead to the Great Lines Heritage Park or Brompton.

Yep, we cycle. This is the first time we rode to Amsterdam in 2017

We hope to see some of you soon.